Media Release

59% Increase in asylum applications as Australia bucks world trend

Recent figures released by the UNHCR show Australia continues to buck the global trend on asylum applications, under Labor's failed border protection policies, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison said today.

“Latest data from the UNHCR for asylum applications lodged in 44 industrialised countries shows there have been 59% more asylum applications in Australia in the first 6 months of this year than in 2011, as Labor's failure on our borders just gets worse,” Mr Morrison said.

“And there is more to come, with an average of over 2,000 people arriving by illegal boat every month since July. In the second half of 2012 overall arrivals are more than double the first half of the year, with average monthly arrivals up by 130%.

“Compared with Australia's huge increase, Canada experienced a fall in applications in the first half of this year of 8% while in the United Kingdom applications remained steady.

“Applications in industrialised nations remained steady overall.

“Once again Australia stands out, particularly compared to countries like the UK and Canada with the most similar case loads of asylum seekers, as experiencing a huge increase in applications under Labor’s border failures.

“These latest figures confirm that the Labor Government's failed border protection policies are the pull factor on our borders and that the chaos on our borders is just getting worse.

“Australia's status as a magnet for people smugglers is clear. People smugglers know Labor is a soft touch and their half hearted policies and resolve are no deterrent,” Mr Morrison said.

The full UNHCR figures are available here